By Kaya 959 News
A criminal case has been opened after pictures of Jacob Zuma inside the Estcourt Correctional Centre were leaked online.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says an SD card containing the images was stolen.
“[The] images were stolen from a camera of the official who had been assigned to take photos for institutional filing purposes,” Lamola said in a statement.
The minister says “the matter is highly sensitive and is being investigated by both SAPS and DCS. The official involved has also been contemplated with a suspension notice”.
The first aspect of the internal investigation thus far has revealed that this SD card may have clandestinely been shared with a known broadcaster. The department will be approaching the relevant institutions for further action.
— Chrispin Phiri 🇿🇦 (@Chrispin_JPhiri) July 8, 2021
Public urged not to share images
An internal probe revealed that the “SD card may have clandestinely been shared with a known broadcaster”.
“We are appalled by the distribution of these images on social media and we urge people to refrain from sharing them,” Lamola added.
Zuma handed himself over to the police on Wednesday night. He is reportedly in isolation as per COVID-19 protocols.
Dear South Africans and the World.
Please be advised that President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order.
He is on his way to hand himself into a Correctional Services Facility in KZN.
A full statement will be issued in due course.#WenzenuZuma
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) July 7, 2021
The Constitutional Court sentenced the former president to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.